Thursday, December 06, 2018


Aristophanes, fragment 322 (from Heroes; tr. Jeffrey Henderson):
Wherefore, gentlemen, stand
guard and worship the heroes, as
we are the custodians
of what's bad and what's good,
and keeping a lookout for the unjust        5
and for thieves and robbers
we give them diseases:
distended spleens, coughs, dropsy,
catarrh, mange, podagra,
madness, canker-sores,        10
buboes, shivers, fever.
[. . . . . . . . . ] to thieves we give

πρὸς ταῦτ᾿ οὖν, ὦνδρες, φυλακὴν
ἔχετε τούς θ᾿ ἥρως σέβεσθ᾿, ὡς
ἡμεῖς ἐσμεν οἱ ταμίαι
τῶν κακῶν καὶ τῶν ἀγαθῶν,
κἀναθροῦντες τοὺς ἀδίκους        5
καὶ κλέπτας καὶ λωποδύτας
τούτοις μὲν νόσους δίδομεν·
σπληνιᾶν βήττειν ὑδερᾶν
κορυζᾶν ψωρᾶν ποδαγρᾶν
μαίνεσθαι λειχῆνας ἔχειν        10
βουβῶνας ῥῖγος πυρετόν
. . . ] . . [. . (.)]. κλέπτα[ις] δίδομεν

12 ταῦτα τοῖς suppl. Handley, τοῖς δὲ δὴ Barrett
S. Douglas Olson, Broken Laughter. Select Fragments of Greek Comedy. Edited with Introduction, Commentary, and Translation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 98-99: